Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 21, 2009 15:49 ET

Government of Canada Funds Restoration Project in Manitoba

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 21, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board, announced today federal government support for a project in Manitoba to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #39 (Swan River) received funding for the restoration of the Swan River Cenotaph. The cenotaph honours all Veterans from Swan River who served Canada over the last century. Funding provided by Veterans Affairs Canada's Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program will help replace the flagpoles that stand by the cenotaph.

"Memorials are more than structures of stone and mortar," said Minister Thompson. "They represent sacrifice and honour. They provide community members with a place to gather in recognition of those who served on their behalf. Most importantly, they carry on the importance of remembrance for future generations."

"The Swan River Cenotaph is a living testament to those who served and who died on our behalf," said Dauphine-Swan River-Marquette MP Mark Inky. "This contribution will help ensure it is enjoyed by community members for years to come."

The Government of Canada is providing more than $197,760 to 19 community-led cenotaph and monument restoration projects across the country through the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program. Applications to the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program are accepted throughout the year. Non-profit groups and other organizations interested in restoring local memorials may be eligible for funding.

Please visit www.vac-acc.gc.ca for a backgrounder on the project in Manitoba. Visit the Web site or call 1-877-604-8489 to learn more about the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program or to apply for funding.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649